The latest round of brilliant punditry surrounding the 2016 race is all about how Hillary Clinton isn’t coasting to the White House, how she’s facing a stiff challenge from Bernie Sanders, how she could still lose.
Here are some stats to consider:
- There have been 46 female senators of the United States. There have been 1,919 male senators in U.S. history. That’s 98 percent male.
- There have been 3 female Secretaries of State in U.S. history and 65 men. That’s just above 95 percent male.
- There have been 4 female Supreme Court justices in the United States, including 3 now serving on the bench, easily the greatest representation in history. There have been 108 male justices. That’s more than 96 percent male.
- There have been 44 Presidents of the United States. All men. The math is easy: that’s 100 percent male.
In a quarter millennium, it has proven impossible for a woman to win the White House. So what makes anyone think Hillary Clinton will have an easy time breaking the ultimate gender barrier?
If anything, it’s astonishing that Hillary is doing so well in the face of so much vitriol. But you wouldn’t know that from the breathless media spin.
As Nate Silver puts it: